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July 26, 2013

Police: City used as drug sale spot

Trend shows buyers from northern states coming here


Thompson said detectives Daniel McDonald and Michael Shinners were in the area of Villa Street on Tuesday night after police received several complaints of drug activity in that area. He said the officers observed a white Mercury Marquis parked near the car wash on nearby River Street. The driver was later identified as Marable and her passengers as Parshley and Dube, police said.

The detectives watched as a black Mazda driven by a man who they later identified as Morales-Ramos pulled up to the Marquis then drove by it very slowly. The detectives followed both cars over the Comeau Bridge into Bradford.

According to a police report, both cars stopped on Bradford Avenue and Parshley exited the Marquis and got into the Mazda. The two cars then drove off with detectives following them to South New Street, where the two cars stopped. Parshley then exited the Mazda and got back into the Marquis, the report stated.

“They were approached by the detectives and, as a result of conversations, cocaine and heroin was discovered,” Thompson said.

The Mazda sped off with the detectives in pursuit and was stopped on South Prospect Street, where Morales-Ramos was arrested.

The detectives confiscated about 3 grams of heroin and 1.5 grams of cocaine from Marable. About $250 was seized from Morales-Ramos, Thompson said.

“This is another example of people meeting off the highway and, in this case, they were probably buying for themselves as it wasn’t a large amount,” Thompson said. “But in the past people have come down from Maine mostly to buy larger amounts (of drugs) to sell for a profit up there.”

“We’re thankful for people calling the tip line to let us know what’s going on,” Thompson said.

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